Kealan Crowned the Scratch King!

KEALAN Quigg claimed the Frylite Senior Scratch Cup at Strabane on Sunday at Strabane, the City of Derry member improving on his runners-up position in last year’s competition.

The Derry lad’s collective two round total of 148 was good enough to secure the 2011 title with no fewer than three shots to spare on the chasing pack.

And it was an impressive given given the strong breeze, especially in the second round, which made scoring almost impossible despite the pristine condition of the Ballycolman course.

The runner-up was Strabane’s Darren Crawford (151), with an excellent return of 74 on his second round and in third place was another Prehen member, Colin Starrett, who also finished on 151.

The defending champion, Enda Kennedy had to settle for fourth spot on a score of 154. Indeed, Enda carded what was an horrendous ‘11’ on the most difficult hole on the day, the par four 9th, which was surprisingly played from the furthest back tee into the teeth of the wind.

In fact, many other cards went astray at that particular hole leading to a host of ‘no returns’ on the day!

Omagh’s Sean Kelly took the first 18 prize with Conal Cooke taking the second nine prize.

In the Nett Section, Martin McDermott claimed the honours with 144 nett with Patrick Kennedy second on 147 nett with Stephen McCay third with 148.

The best first round nett score was returned by Sean Forbes while young Eoin O’Neill underlined his potential with a nett 71 for round two to take that prize.

In all, there were visitors from 15 different clubs who participated in this year’s tournament.

Meanwhile, conditions for Saturday’s Medicare Open Stroke were again difficult, the swirling breeze keeping the scoring generally low. However, Foncie O’Kane (19) with an excellent return of 63 nett, coped best in the conditions when winning by two shots from Andrew Connolly (14).

Michael Neeson (9), not for the first time this season, finished in the prizes in third place, also with a 65. James Langan (20) took 4th place on 66 and Martin Foley (23) finished in 5th place with nett 67.

The gross prize went to Darren Crawford (3) with a four over par round while the “nines” were claimed by Paddy O’Kane and Joey Roulstone.

The presentation for this event takes place on Friday next, May 20th May at 9.30 p.m. and all winners are requested to be in attendance.

The Bank Holiday Tennents’ Lager Open attracted a good field off 103 players with Tommy Sharkey (20) claiming victory with a solid 40 points which relegated Patrick McDermott (22) from North-West, into second place and Paddy Doyle (11) third, also with 39.

The gross prize was won by Kieran Doherty (5) with a good score of three over par and the visitors’ prize went to Michael Dunne, Portsalon, with 34 pts.

Timesheets are now posted for the Habinteg Housing Association’s Team Classic on Friday, May 27th and for the Knockavoe Special Care School Team Classic on Sunday, May 29th.

Forthcoming fixtures - tomorrow (Sat.), Sports Centre Open Stableford; Monday, May 16th, Monday Open; Wednesday, May, 17th, Mixed Foursomes.

Ballyliffin Results

Christy Friel’s team defeated Liam Doherty’s team by just one hole in the Final of Ballyliffin’s Spring Cup on Saturday last. After the match was tied 2.5 to 2.5, Friel’s team won by virtue of holes won.

Pascal Mooney’s team were crowned winners of the Wooden Spoon in his absence!

The Scramble, which involved all the other teams, was won by the quartet of Paul Mc Laughlin, A. Mc Gonagle, Paul Houten and Gerard Toye.

Recent results - Sunday, May 8th, Confined Stableford - 1, Paul O’Donoghue (8) 37 points; 2, Patrick McDaid (8) 36; 3, Tony Crowley (7) 36; 4, Neil Doherty (B) (18) 35; gross, Dermod Rooney (6) 25 pts.

The C.S.S. was 75.

Ladies 18 holes competition - 1, Mary McGonigle, 35 points; 2, Sarah Doherty, 31; 3, Anna Doherty, 30; back nine, Mary McGeoghan, 17.

Saturday, May 7th - Saturday Open Stableford - 1, Joe Sheridan (15) 39 points; 2, Hugh Hunter (14) 39; 3, Niall McLaughlin (H) (19) 38; 4, Danny Acton (18) 38; gross, Ryan Cunningham (5) 31.

The C.S.S. was 70.

Wednesday Society, May 4th - 1, Seamus Gordon, 38 points; 2, John Doherty (W), 38; 3, Kevin McGonigle, 38.

‘Twos’ were carded by - Paul Harkin, Andrew Davenport and Kevin McGonigle.

Tuesday, May 3rd - Ladies competition - 1, Betty Gallagher 73 nett; 2, Marie D’Urso, 73; 3, Margaret Doherty (O) 73; back nine, Geraldine Mullan, 37.

Club match play draws have been posted on the club notice board.

Forthcoming fixtures - tomorrow (Sat.), Rashenny F.C. Golf Classic on the Old Links. Visitors E40 per person, teams of four Stableford.

Sunday, May 15, Confined Competition on Glashedy.

May 30th, 31st and June 1st - Donegal Links Classic – three day Teams of Four Event over Donegal’s greatest links, playing at Ballyliffin, Portsalon and Rosapenna Golf Resort.

Visitors E100 per person, members E80 per person. Contact Ballyliffin G.C. on 074-93-76119 for an application form.

New Partnership

Meanwhile, Ballyliffin, Portstewart and Machrihanish Golf Clubs have agreed a discounted green fee policy for members of the clubs.

The discounted green fees agreement coincides with the launch, later this month, of the Ballycastle to Castletown Ferry Service- The Kintyre Express.

It is expected that other clubs on the North-West coast will also enter into the agreement.

Ballyliffin and Portstewart members are now entitled to half price greenfees at Machrihanish Golf Club and vice-versa.

Ballyliffin offers half price green fees to members of all Donegal and North & West Coast Links Clubs.

Handicap Convenor on top

at Greencastle

Last Saturday’s Ladies and Gents’ Open at Greencastle was won by Handicap Convenor, Hilary Donnelly (16), with the only score in the ‘40’s.

His 40 points was garnered by steady golf. Runner-up was Jason McLaughlin (6), who is continuing his race down the handicap with 39 points while Billy Haslett (22), took third place only one point further back.

After a titanic battle with his playing partner, Paul Wallace took the gross prize and the ‘nines’ were secured by Billy Harley and Gerry McLaughlin. The ladies prize was claimed by Margaret Dolan (36) with 37 points.

On Sunday, the competition was changed from a Stroke to a Stableford and Maurice McGeady (19) followed up his opening 23 points with 18 on the back nine for a winning 41 points.

He started off with four ‘three point holes’ and maintained the momentum thereafter.

Paul Cullen (16) showed that his good run of form is not lucky as he beat the standard scratch for the fourth time in his last six competitions with 40 points. This included an ‘eagle three’ on the 10th. He took the second place after break of tie which was decided on the last three holes. The unlucky player who had to settle for third was Ryan McDermott (20).

He carded birdies on the first two par fives.

James Havlin has his handicap reduced by one shot by virtue of his gross winning card. He recorded birdies at 3rd, 4th, 13th and 16th holes.

Neil Guckian and Paddy Rigney claimed the ‘nines.’

This weekend a Ladies and Gents’ Open Stableford is on offer tomorrow (Saturday) while the Confined Port-a-Carraig Cup competition will be competed for this Sunday.

This is the latest competition in the race for “Player of the Year” points.